CELEBRATING NIAF 40 YEARS WITH VIP's

OCTOBER 2015
MLB ALL-STAR MIKE PIAZZA, AWARD-WINNING ITALIAN POP TRIO IL VOLO, ACTOR CHAZZ PALMINTERI, SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SAMUEL A. ALITO, JR. GRACE NIAF GALA TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS

The National Italian American Foundation recreated its 40th Anniversary Awards Gala Weekend into an extravaganza of song, homage to heritage, family ties, and passion for food. The Foundation’s celebration of its 40-year milestone united Italian American and Italian cultures of the past with an eye to the future. The NIAF gala was presented by Alitalia in an unpresented partnership between the Italian airline carrier and NIAF. Dignitaries from Italy at the Gala included Italy’s Ambassador to the United States Claudio Bisogniero, who led an Italian delegation of business executives. From the United States, special guests included: U.S. Representatives Tom Marino, Joe Heck and Mike Pompeo; Anthony Fauci M.D., director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; actors Vinny Pastore and Tony Lo Bianco and so many more.

NIAF's mission is to serve as a resource for the Italian American Community; to preserve the Italian American heritage and culture; to promote and inspire a positive image and legacy of Italian Americans; and to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy. The organization also offers several ways that commercial enterprises, businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, media, smaller groups, even individuals, can work directly with us for mutual benefit.   Gedalia 

NBC UNIVERSAL PRESS TOUR  AND
THE SHADES OF BLUE CAST

JANUARY 2016

WE CAUGHT RAY LIOTTA AND JENNIFER LOPEZ AT THE NBC UNIVERSAL WINTER PRESS TOUR PROMOTING SHADES OF BLUE.

Jennifer Lopez stars as New York detective Harlee Santos, a single mother who runs with a group of dirty cops, taking her cut of the bribes and protection money to give her bright and promising daughter the best life possible and a leg up for a better future. However, all good things must come to an end and she is caught by the FBI, which forces her to turn informant on her cop family. Harlee struggles to walk a line between loyalty, honor and betrayal, all the while working to keep everything together for her daughter.

Daya ( New York)  and Gedalia 

PRE GOLDEN GLOBES ART FOR AMNESTY PARTY

JANUARY 2016
AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE PRE GOLDEN GLOBES ART FOR AMNESTY BRUNCH PARTY WITH TORY KELLY, NICK CANNON, JEFF SKOLL, B. VOZEMAN, ROB MORROW, ANDRA DAY AND OTHER CELEBS.

Celebs attend the Art for Amnesty Brunch during the Golden Globes weekend. This event is one of the most high profile events in Hollywood.

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are funded by members, celebs and supporters. The organization is independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion.

Gedalia and Daya Hollywood, CA

HEROES GALA FOR CHILDREN'S NATIONAL

FEBRUARY 2016

Approximately 500 guests attend this inspirational evening of dinner and dancing benefiting Children's National Medical Center. The Heroes Gala has provided vital funds for pediatric cancer patient care and research at Children's national. The event has raised over $2.5 million since its inception. This year one of the heroes a child named Madeline was present at the even to tell her story. Madeline was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in December 2011 when she was eight years old. In June 2014 Madeline celebrated the end of chemotherapy and now she is on the swim team and has a new puppy.

The Children’s Research Institute at Children’s National has multiple laboratories that are advancing the understanding of causes and designing improved treatments for children. Children’s National has been named one of the top pediatric cancer programs in the country for the eighth year in a row. Children’s National is the only center in the greater DC area to be awarded this honor.   Gedalia 

FILM CRITIC CIRCLE AWARDS IN NEW YORK

JANUARY 2016
KRISTEN STEWART, JULIANNE MOORE, MICHAEL KEATON AND OTHER CELEBS ARE AWARDED AT THE NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS.

The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) is an American film critic organization founded in 1935. Its membership includes over 30 film critics from New York-based daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, online publications. Each year the organization meets to vote on the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide of the calendar year. The NYFCC also gives special stand-alone awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the art of cinema, including writers, directors, producers, film critics, film restorers, historians and service organizations. The NYFCC Awards are the oldest given by film critics in the country, and one of the most prestigious.

This year Kristen Stewart and Michael Keaton were two of the favorites at the NYFCC.   Gedalia and Daya

STARS ARRIVE AT THE MERIDIAN BALL 

OCTOBER 2015
The Meridian Ball is one of the most prestigious annual events in Washington, D.C. Now in its 47th year, this event brings together members of the public and private sector to celebrate Meridian’s ongoing efforts to prepare leaders for a complex global future. The Ball is well attended by public officials including Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, prominent media figures, foreign ambassadors, and representatives from the international business and cultural communities. Guests have the option of choosing between an intimate Ambassador-hosted dinner or the White-Meyer dinner on Meridian’s campus. Following the dinners, guests from both the Ambassador-hosted Dinners and White-Meyer Dinner gather for dancing, dessert, and conversation at Meridian House.

Meridian International Center is a premier nonprofit, global leadership organization headquartered in Washington, DC.
Building on more than 55 years of experience, Meridian prepares U.S. and international leaders to meet global challenges and opportunities. Our suite of programs delivers the approach and environment for leaders to understand global issues and cultures, exchange ideas, collaborate on solutions, and build valuable relationships.   Gedalia


NELSON PIQUET FROM BRAZIL WINS THE RED BULL RALLYCROSS CHALLENGE 

AUGUST 2015
NELSON PIQUET JR. FROM BRAZIL WINS RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS WASHINGTON DC PRESENTED BY VOLKSWAGEN.

GRC events offer a unique and unparalleled viewing experience for fans at the track and watching broadcasts alike. Events are designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in all of motorsports, without lengthy breaks in the action. One of the core principles of GRC is the ability for fans to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in the sport. With a completely open paddock, fans are free to walk through, interacting with drivers and watching mechanics at work.

Global Rallycross cars roll out of the factory as production models, but receive significant improvements to chassis, engine, and safety features to bring them up to racing spec. GRC vehicles are incredibly versatile; they produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, but are also built to withstand 70-foot jumps and contact with other vehicles. Unlike many other racing series, they also do not feature the aid of electronic traction aids. Ford, Volkswagen, Subaru, and Chevrolet serve as Official Manufacturer Partners of the series.  Gedalia and Ivan

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS

AUGUST 2015
TEEN CHOICE 2015 celebrated the hottest teen icons in television, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the web and we were there to get the INSIDE LOOK!

There were a total of 26MM votes and over 185MM tweets!!!! 
Celebs such as Wilmer Valderrama, Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Ludacris and others were present at the awards. The hosts for the night were Gina Rodriguez, Josh Peck and Ludacris and they were the viewers favorites. The Teen Choice Awards is an annual awards show that airs on Fox television network.The 2015 Teen Choice Awards were held on August 16, 2015 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The awards celebrate the year's achievements in music, film, television, sports, fashion, comedy, video games and the Internet, and were voted on by viewers aged 13 through 19.

One Direction were the biggest winners of the night, winning eight of its ten nominations. Pretty Little Liars came in second by winning six of its ten nominations and both Pitch Perfect 2 came in third, winning five of its ten nominations.      Daya. M. and Gedalia

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SXSW 2016

MARCH 2016

SXSW KICKS OFF WITH CELEBS AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

Southwest (SXSW) is an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. In 2011, the conference lasted for 10 days with SXSW Interactive lasting for 5 days, Music for 6 days, and Film running concurrently for 9 days.

This year the event expects over 1 Million people in attendance plus celebs, politicians and your favorite TV Personalities.

Gedalia 
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HILLARY CLINTON AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS

SEPTEMBER 2015
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) hosted the 45th Annual Phoenix Awards Gala where President Barack Obama served as the keynote speaker for the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner. This year the Phoenix Awards honorees were Rev. Dr. William Barber, honored with the CBC Chair’s Award, Fred Gray was honored with the ALC Co-Chair’s Award, Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson was honored posthumously with the Harold Washington Award and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated received the CBCF Chair’s Award for its leadership efforts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. VIP Guests who showed support at the CBC gala included Hillary Clinton, Steny Hoyer, Debbie Wasserman, Frederica Wilson, Jesse Jackson, Sheila Jackson, Al Sharpton and other distinguished guests.

The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The ALC features more than 70 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, civic engagement, and the Exhibit Showcase. Signature events include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.   Gedalia 

INSIDE LOOK INTO DC DANCING STARS GALA

OCTOBER 2015
2015 DC'S DANCING STARS GALA is a new fundraiser that incorporates 12 local DC Celebrities who are each committed to learning a professionally choreographed dance routine which is performed with a Fairfax, Virginia FRED ASTAIRE DANCE STUDIO Professional the day of the Gala. Each Star undergoes an amazing journey as they prepare for their chance to win the 2015 DC's Dancing Stars Gala mirror ball trophy, all in the spirit of giving back to a charities from the DC area. 

Each dancer needs votes in advance on the DC Dancing Stars gala website as well as the audience "votes" the night of the gala to win. All the "votes" are then combined with the celebrity judges' scores to determine who is crowned the 2015 DC'S DANCING STAR GALA CHAMPION. This year Larry Miller won the judges' choice award and Matt Shank won DC Dancing Stars Gala.

Gedalia

HOUSE OF CARDS DC PREMIERE

FEBRUARY 2016

The cast of “House of Cards” held a premiere screening of the show’s 4th season at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. Season three concluded with President Frank Underwood’s marriage falling apart as his campaign for the White House heated up. Spacey, who is also an executive producer of show, said there are times when he wonders if they went too far. "We don't think so Kevin". Plus he told our reporter that he wants to be known as an actor not a celebrity.

The politicos, besides Spacey, walking the red carpet were Elizabeth Marvel, who plays Underwood’s political rival Heather Dunbar Jayne Atkinson, who plays Secretary of State Catherine Durant. Nathan Darrow who plays a secret service agent, Underwood’s confidant Edward Meechum and Paul Sparks, who commands the role as Underwood’s biography author Thomas Yates. Actress Neve Campbell is new to the show this season, Mahershala Ali, who plays lobbyist-turned-Chief-of-Staff Remy Danton.  Gedalia Vera 

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BREWER'S BALL 2016

MARCH 2016

The 12th Annual Brewer’s Ball Presented by matchboxfoodgroup and Anheuser-Busch has earned its reputation as the nonprofit beer and food event in DC, hosting over 35 of the region’s best craft breweries and 30 popular DC restaurants. Guests mix and mingle, while sampling handcrafted beers, tastes of the best local cuisine, and more. Guests can boogie on the dance floor featuring live entertainment, or bid on unique silent and live auction items as well as enjoy hand-crafted brews and signature samplings from the hottest eateries in DC.

The CF Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. They take great pride in being one of the most efficient and effective organizations and are careful stewards of every dollar raised in support of their mission. Their goal is to invest in promising CF research to develop a robust pipeline of potential therapies that target the disease from every angle.

Recently, drug discovery and development programs have yielded drugs that have changed the course of cystic fibrosis. For the first time there are two FDA-approved therapies, Kalyedco and Orkambi, which treat not just the symptoms of the disease but the underlying genetic defect for a small percentage of the population.    Gedalia Vera

SIPS & SUPPERS 2016

JANUARY 2016

WE GOT AN INSIDE LOOK INTO SIPS & SUPPERS AND GOT TO TASTE FOOD, DESSERTS AND DRINKS FROM THE BEST RESTAURANTS, BARS AND CHEFS FROM DC.

Sips & Suppers is a major celebration of food and community in the Washington, DC metro area. Now in its eighth year, Sips & Suppers began in 2009 as the brainchild of Alice Waters to raise the awareness of homelessness and hunger in the nation’s capital and to promote efforts to develop sustainable and local solutions to these challenges.

The weekend supports the wonderful work of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, organizations that serve the neediest individuals in the nation’s capital. Since its inception, Sips & Suppers has raised over 1 million dollars in financing for the essential programs run by these organizations. The event is proudly hosted by celebrated chefs José Andrés, Joan Nathan & Alice Waters.  Gedalia

BET HONORS WITH ARSENIO HALL

MARCH 2016

We got an Inside Look into the 2016 BET Honors held in Washington, DC at the Warner Theater. This year Actor and Comedian Arsenio Hall graced us with his presence by hosting the evening and entertaining guests throughout the night.
This powerful and inspirational event aims the spotlight on the achievements of distinguished leaders in the fields of music, education, entertainment, technology and business. Each year, BET Honors is one of the most moving experiences and television specials on BET Networks. Proceeds from the private sale of BET Honors 2016 benefit the My Brother's Keeper Alliance. Launched in 2015, My Brother's Keeper Alliance was created to help eliminate gaps in opportunity and achievement for boys and young men of color.  Celebrating its ninth year, BET Honors celebrates and recognizes the gifts and contributions of five African American exceptional leaders.

The BET Honors 2016 honorees:
Lee Daniels, Televison and Film Award
Mellody Hobson, Corporate Citizen Award
Eric H. Holder, Jr., Public Service Award
Patti Labelle, Musical Arts Award
L.A. Reid, The Business of Entertainment Award
The after party was held at the National Portrait Gallery.
Gedalia Vera

USO GALA WITH ACTOR ROBERT PATRICK

OCTOBER 2015
An estimated 1,000 guests gathered to pay special tribute to our men and women in uniform. Guests included Washington dignitaries, Members of Congress, military leadership, USO corporate sponsors, members of the USO Board of Governors, and the media. The USO Gala awards men and women in service as well as those who support our men and women. This year the USO recognized the following Soldier of the Year Specialist Christian T. Sheers, USO Marine of the Year Staff Sergeant Joseph P. Bednarik, USO Sailor of the Year Petty Officer Second Class Jessica A. Jusino, USO Airman of the Year Senior Airman TJ Brantley, USO Coast Guardsman of the Year Petty Officer First Class Angel J. Leott, USO National Guardsman of the Year Sergeant Aaron Burdash.

The USO provides a tangible way for all of us to say thank you, as it has for 70 years. Thanks to your generosity, the USO fulfills its mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Through the USO, people touch the lives through an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. The USO makes sure your help goes to those who need it the most: troops serving in combat, their families, our wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen.     Gedalia Vera

UNTIMATE NEW YEARS CELEBRATION

DECEMBER 31 2016-JANUARY 1, 2017

Over 3000 people joined DCBX and Padrino Productions to celebrate 2017 at the Double Tree Hotel in Arlington, VA. Guests enjoyed various performances by Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha performers as well as 6 ballrooms to choose from with the best DJs and Entertainment! to ring in the New Year guests celebrated with a champagne Toast and LED party favors and a live broadcast of our other Sister City Ultimate NYE Parties in NY, Chicago, and Florida.

Gedalia

OSCAR FOR LEO IN HOLLYWOOD

FEBRUARY 2016

LEONARDO DICAPRIO TAKES THE GOLD AT THE OSCARS!

If you didn't get to watch the Academy Awards last night you missed a couple incredible moments. Chris Rock hosted the Oscars and raised more than $64,000 for the girls scouts by selling mint cookies to the celebs who were present.  Little Jacob Tremblay thanked Chris Rock on stage and said "Thanks, Chris! Loved you in Madagascar!" How adorable is that!

The moment that everyone was waiting for on social media and at home was the moment when Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for Best Male Actor for the movie "The Revenant". While ‪#‎OscarForLeo‬ was trending on social media Leo asked everyone watching to take care of our planet. Congrats Leo you deserve it!

Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname "Oscar".  Gedalia 

THEARC AFTER DARK GALA

SEPTEMBER 2015
More than 500 distinguished guests from the community and all of the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area were present the annual After Dark Gala benfiting THEARC. This annual event celebration of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) raises funds to support the facility. Special guests at the event included former Mayor Vincent Gray, founder Chris Smith, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Councilman Jack Evans, community members, foreign dignitaries, aspiring artists, dancers and musicians.

Officially opened in October 2005, The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) is a $27 million, 110,000 square-foot campus located east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. THEARC was built and is operated by Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) a nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. Funding for building THEARC ($27 million) came entirely from charitable contributions by the Federal and District government, corporations, foundations and individuals. THEARC is a key part of a revitalization of the area known as East of the (Anacostia) River in Washington, DC.   Gedalia

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HISPANIC AWARDS

SEPTEMBER 2015
The Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala came into being when a group of Hispanic County employees and community leaders instituted the event as a way to raise funds and visibility about developing highly educated Latino professionals while providing critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates from post-secondary education in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland.

The Gala’s goal this year is to grant Scholarships to over 50 Hispanic students from Montgomery County and Maryland. The Gala is instrumental in bringing together organizations and individuals that understand the importance of strong diverse communities. The Hispanic Gala is the most significant and marquee Hispanic social, political, and philanthropic event in Montgomery County and the State. We bring together elected officials, the business community, philanthropists, and the Hispanic community to support and promote post-secondary education in our community.       Gedalia

PEP RALLY UNDER THE STARS

June 2015

"Pep Rally Under the Stars" is the principal fundraising event for Generation Hope. In the spirit of celebrating collegiate excellence. The gala was held at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center and more than 300 guests who include leading figures from the political, media, entertainment, education, and business world joined together to celebrate education the vital work and mission of Generation Hope. "Pep Rally Under the Stars" allows guests to wear their best attire along with college memorabilia from their alma mater or favorite school.

Generation Hope is the only community-based nonprofit organization solely focused on college completion for teen parents in the D.C. area and is a rarity across the United States. Founded in 2010, Generation Hope selects teen mothers and teen fathers who have displayed academic achievement and a desire to go to college to become Scholars in the Generation Hope Scholar Program. Teen parents are often dismissed by school officials and others when it comes to their potential to pursue higher education. To learn more about this foundation go to: http://supportgenerationhope.org/about-generation-hope/

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SILVER CLEF AWARDS WITH GLADYS KNIGHT

July 2015

THE 02 SILVER CLEF AWARDS WITH GLADYS KNIGHT

This year marked the 40 years of the Silver Clef Awards guests enjoyed an award presentation presented to winners like Iron Maiden, Duran Duran, Kasabian, Primal Scream, Gladys Knight, Mark Ronson, Rita Ora, Jake Bugg, James Bay and Il Divo. The lunch was held at the new venue of the Grosvenor House Hotel. Music industry came together to celebrate the best of the music scene for one afternoon of celebration in a star-studded awards ceremony. Guests were treated to a sumptuous 3-course lunch and an exciting auction of exclusive and one-off music related items.

Each year, the event raises valuable funds for Nordoff Robbins work transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults through music therapy.

Lin Petra
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JULY FOURTH IN WASHINGTON DC

July 2015

On July Fourth, America’s national Independence Day celebration honored our country’s birthday and its own 35 spectacular years on air with an all-star salute. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this top-rated extravaganza features coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington DC, ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation.

In the three decades since the humble beginning of A Capitol Fourth, a parade of superstars including Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Natasha Bedingfield, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and the Muppets from Sesame Street have offered the best in American entertainment and helped set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party.

This year the event was hosted by Actor Bradley Whitford and was full of a star studded performance by Barry Manilow, Alabama, KC and The Sunshine Band, Nicole Scherzinger, Robert Davi, Hunter Hayes and Meghan Lindsey.

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THE 57TH EMMY'S WASHINGTON DC

June 2015

AND THE EMMY GOES TOOOO!

Congratulations to all the winners of the 57th Annual Emmy Awards Show in Washington DC. The 57th Emmy Awards was held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. This year the event host was WTTG Weathercaster, Sue Palka. The Emmy Awards Gala honors excellence in television production in various sectors of the television industry including entertainment programming, news and documentary shows, sports programming and craft categories. The 57th Emmy Awards will broadcast on Maryland Public Broadcasting on Tuesday, June 30 from 8-11pm on MPT2. 

The Emmy Award is the premier television production award presented in various sectors of the television industry, including entertainment programming, news and documentary shows, and sports programming. The awards are presented in various area-specific ceremonies held annually throughout the year, honoring excellence in television programming. The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the chapter responsible for awarding the Emmy to those whose work in the television industry exhibits excellence worthy of the Emmy in the region.

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a non-profit, professional organization serving the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC television community. The Academy's Emmy Award is the industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence.
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HOPE GALA WITH LEON HARRIS

NOVEMBER 2015
The JDRF annual DC Hope Gala is an extraordinary event, each year bringing together more than 700 prominent members of the Washington, D.C. community for a sparkling evening of fine dining, stellar entertainment and an exciting auction that each year raises millions towards funding research to prevent, treat and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes. Each person in attendance has the unique opportunity to directly impact and advance T1D research and technology advancements through his/her participation. 

JDRF has led the search for a cure for T1D since our founding in 1970. In those days, people commonly called the disease “juvenile diabetes” because it was frequently diagnosed in, and strongly associated with, young children. JDRF began as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure. JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it—by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community.  Gedalia Vera

OSCARS WEINSTEIN & WIF PRE-PARTY

FEBRUARY 2016

IT'S OSCAR SUNDAY!
We caught the beautiful pregnant Chrissy Teigen out last night with hubby John Legend at the Weinstein Pre-Oscars Party in Hollywood. Chrissy the current co-host of Lip Sync Battle with LL Cool J on Spike TV told us how happy and excited she is to be pregnant. Currently Chrissy released a book "Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat". Look for the couple tonight at the Oscars.

Daya and Gedalia

RED CROSS GALA WITH J.R. MARTINEZ

NOVEMBER 2015
The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region hosted its annual Salute to Service Gala.  The event is a tribute to the men, women and families of the military and our communities who have helped our neighbors and friends prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. The Gala is also the American Red Cross in the National Capital Regions largest fundraising event of the year. The money raised enables the American Red Cross to deliver services to people in the Washington, D.C. area every day of the year. The night included amazing entertainment, food, drinks, dancing and a magnificent silent auction. Awards were presented to Lifetime of Service Honoree - United States Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Tiffany Circle Distinguished Woman Warrior Award - Major Katelyn van Dam, United States Marine Corps Reserve.

The host for the evening was J.R. Martinez, who is a familiar face to fans of ABC’s “All My Children” and “Dancing with the Stars.” The U.S. Army veteran, who suffered serious burns in Iraq, was a regular on AMC for three years and a 2011 “Dancing with the Stars” winner. He currently appears in the syndicated series “SAF3.” He has also written a best-selling memoir, Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit.   Gedalia


INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP RACES

OCTOBER 2015
Over 50,000 people joined the Virginia Gold Cup Races for the Annual International Gold Cup. The legendary annual Virginia Gold Cup steeplechasing classic, now run before a sellout crowd of over 50,000 people to benefit The Great Meadow Foundation.

The first International Gold Cup was held in 1930 at Grasslands Downs in Tennessee over a 4¼ mile brush course, similar to the English Grand National course at Aintree. That year, the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII, then one of the world’s most gallant riders and sportmen, placed the spectacularly beautiful gold trophy in competition which is still awarded annually to the winner. After the Tennessee race meet ended in 1932, the event was moved to the Rolling Rock Hunt Meet course in Pennsylvania, a course built by General Richard King Mellon, who had won the 1931 race in Tennessee. Race was again relocated after the 1983 running to the Great Meadow racecourse after the Rolling Rock Hunt Meet’s racecourse feel victim to the land development. oday, the International Gold Cup presented by Porsche attracts 35,000 spectators and features the Fegentri World Cup of Nation’s where the top international amateur jockeys vying for the series title.      Gedalia Vera

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE CEREMONY IN WASHINGTON DC

DECEMBER 2015


CELEBRITIES CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

BIG NIGHT DC CELEBRATING NEW YEARS

DECEMBER 2015 AND JANUARY 2016

 BIG NIGHT DC is one of the biggest events held New Years Eve. Over 10,000 people joined this year to bring in 2016 in style. We joined DJ Chris Styles on stage for the countdown plus an exclusive VIP champagne toast. People from all over the join Big Night DC which is held at the National Gaylord Hotel with FIFTEEN MASSIVE PARTY AREAS: DJ in the Main Ballroom & Stage, Band Stages, Ballroom Parties, Retro Ballroom (Best of 70's, 80's & 90's dance tunes), DC's Largest Dance Ballroom (The hottest dance music), Acoustic Lounge, Silent Disco, Dining Area, and Karoake Zone. One of the best VIP areas and lounges plus the best DJ's. Gedalia 

CITI OPEN WINNERS!

AUGUST 2015
Kei Nishikori 25 year old Japanese Professional Player wins Citi Open 2015 He is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 10 in ATP Singles Ranking.  The Bryan Brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, U.S. professional doubles tennis players win men doubles, Sloane Stephens from the U.S. wins women’s singles she is an American tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 34 by the Women's Tennis Association and Belinda Bencic from Swisstzerland and Kristina Mladenovic from France win women’s doubles at Citi Open in Washington, DC.

In July of 1969, the inaugural tournament became one of the first open professional tennis tournaments held in the United States. The Citi Open, formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, has since been part of some of the most innovative changes in tennis.  The event was part of the ATP World Tour 500 series of the 2015 ATP World Tour, and of the WTA International tournaments of the 2015 WTA Tour. It takes place at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington, D.C. A portion of the proceeds from the Citi Open benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). The WTEF seeks to improve the life prospects for DC area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through tennis, educational and community-based activities that teach discipline, build self-esteem and improve academic performance.    Gedalia 

CITI OPEN BAR TENDER CHALLENGE

AUGUST 2015

Citi Open and Grand Marnier hosted a Bar Tender Challenge for ticketed and VIP guests while a match was happening at the grand stand between Berankis and Isner. Guests enjoyed various lichor combinations from local bars and restaurants such as Bar Pilar, Taco Bamba, Denson DC and other bars in the Washington DC Area plus a bufffet of various delights and desserts.

We also joined other events at various suites during the Citi Open experience. The Washington Open (currently sponsored by Citi bank) is a joint professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts, and held annually in late July or early August at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., United States. 

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VENUS WILLIAMS JOINS THE WASHINGTON KASTLES AGAINST THE ACES!

July 2015

Venus Williams joins the Washington Kastles for a match against the Aces.

Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions, for a total of eleven weeks. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first black American woman to achieve this feat during the Open Era. She is credited as changing the women's game and ushering a new, modern era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour. She is also regarded as the best grass court player of her generation and is widely considered as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis.

The Washington Kastles is one of seven franchises currently competing in World Team Tennis. Based in Washington, D.C. since 2008, the Kastles won the WTT championship following the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. The uncommon spelling of the team's name is due to the fact that the team owner Mark Ein's owns Kastle Systems, an office security company.        Gedalia      

THE DIVERSITY GALA 

July 2015

The Minority Corporate Counsel of America held its annual Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Guests joined leaders in the legal diversity and inclusion community, including guests from corporate legal departments of Fortune 500 companies and top law firms, for a special evening of awards and entertainment, preceded by an elegant networking reception. The MCCA Diversity Gala is the premier national awards program that honors leading corporate law departments and individuals who champion diversity and inclusion. Employer of Choice Awards were presented to Brian P. Brooks Executive Vice President of Fannie Mae, Tony Morrow Senior Vice President of Darden, Simon Fish Executive Vice President of BMO and Russell C. Swartz Senior Vice President of Southern California Edison. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Honorable Deval L. Patrick former Governor of Massachusetts. 

The mission of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is to advocate for the expanded hiring, promotion, and retention of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and the law firms that they retain. Since its founding in 1997, MCCA has emerged as a knowledge leader on diversity issues, and its programs and initiatives cover a wide range of diversity management issues, with an emphasis on the professional challenges faced by race/ethnic minorities; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lawyers; people with disabilities; and multi-generational workforces. MCCA furthers its mission by publishing research to recognize and promote diversity efforts and related best practices in the legal profession, and by honoring innovative diversity programs.
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AFFAIR OF THE HEART

FEBRUARY 2016

This much anticipated luncheon is one oldest continous fundraising events of any nationally recognized non-profit groups. An Affair of the Heart raises over $300,000 each year; thanks to more than one thousand guests in attendance and the generous support of corporate sponsors. The Women's Board remains committed to increasing awareness of cardiovascular health issues and funding research in order to reduce disability and death from the #1 killer of all women.

In 1948 Jocelyn Moran asked Nancy Clagett to help her with a luncheon to benefit the American Heart Association. The Women's Board of the American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region supports the AHA's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke through the funds raised by the annual An Affair of the Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show. These funds are allocated to seven research grants to develop new and innovative technologies to combat heart diseases and stroke.  Gedalia

KNOCK OUT ABUSE 2015

NOVEMBER 2015
We got the Inside Look at the Knock out Abuse Gala a Washington, DC based organization that envisions a community free from domestic violence. Knock Out Abuse leverages its extensive network of corporate, retail and philanthropic partners to strengthen and support organizations that serve women and children victims of domestic violence in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. The organization works with its passionate supporters to bring attention to the devastating effect of domestic violence on its victims, their families and our community.

Domestic Violence has become a life style for many men and woman a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another today.

Since 1993, Knock Out Abuse has raised more than $8.5 million to provide transformational support to more than 22,000 women and children whose lives have been shattered by abuse, poverty and homelessness. Through their direct service providers Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Safe Shores, Crossway Community and the DC Volunteer Lawyer Project, women and children receive counseling, long and short-term housing, legal assistance and necessary resources to help them live happy, healthy and successful lives. Gedalia Vera

CHCI AWARDS WITH ROSELYN SANCHEZ

OCTOBER 2015
CHCI’s Annual Awards Gala is the signature event in CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events that include the Public Policy Conference and Reyes of Comedy. It is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic nonpartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation who convene to network while celebrating the achievements of the Latino community. The evening’s festivities include musical entertainment, remarks by figures of national prominence, and recognition of CHCI’s highest honor this year the CHCI Medallion of Excellence awardees were José Andrés, Sonia Gutierrez and Anthony Muñoz, Special Guests included President Barack Obama, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Hon. Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. This year’s Gala entertainment performers were the Grammy Award–winning band La Santa Cecilia. All events support CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union, and corporate leaders. CHCI does not attempt to influence legislation and does not employ or retain lobbyists.  Gedalia 

VIOLA DAVIS IS HONORED WITH A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

JANUARY 2017

Viola Davis known as a producer and actress began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the films Kate & Leopold (2001) and Far from Heaven (2002), and the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2001, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the original production of King Hedley II.

Davis' film breakthrough came in 2008 when her supporting role in the drama Doubt earned her several nominations, including the Golden Globe, SAG, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She received nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and the Academy Award for Best Actress, and won a SAG Award.  From 2014 onward, Davis began starring as the lawyer Annalise Keating on the ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015 she became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The role also won her two SAG Awards in 2015 and 2016. In 2012, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions. 

HISPANIC  ARTS AWARDS WITH JIMMY SMITS

OCTOBER 2015
1National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) brings together Latino writers and filmmakers to speak with producers and network executives. NHFA's 19th-annual Noche de Gala awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., honored several prominent members of the media and arts and entertainment such as Actor/comedienne and NHFA honoree Cristela Alonzo and Director and NHFA honoree Alfonso Gomez Rejonas well as other future filmakers. VIPS who joined NHFA ranged from co-founders Esai Morales, Felix Sanchez and Merel Julia, as well as directors Robert Rodriguez, Luis Valdez, Marcos Zurinaga, Jimmy Smits and the 2015 NHFA Scholarship recipients and much much more.

National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts began in 1997 to advance the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. The Foundation has concentrated on increasing access for Hispanic artists and professionals while fostering the emergence of new Hispanic talent.
The Hispanic community – which makes up 16 percent of the U.S. population – has become the nation's largest ethnic minority group and is increasingly recognized for its potentially enormous consumer and political power. The entertainment industry has been making progress, but an enormous gap still exists before the Hispanic community is adequately reflected on stage and on both the small and big screens.   Gedalia

COMPASSION THROUGH FASHION

SEPTEMBER 2015
Compassion Through Fashion celebrated the 5th Annual Fundraiser for Arco Iris America at La Maison Francaise at the Embassy of France. Guests go to enjoy a runway fashion show showcasing Internationally acclaimed designer Jean-François Garcia who showcased his latest collection from Raza de Bronce a clothing and accessories line that blends its strong Bolivian identity with European design, a silent auction as well as a recognition ceremony recognizing Father Jose Maria Neuenhofer founder of Arco Iris America and Shahin Mafi founder of Azar Foundation and supporter of Arco Iris America.

Proceeds from the event benefited Arco Iris America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization previously "The Rainbow of Hope for Bolivia’s Street Children”, an organization that provides independent and impartial assistance through financial donations to Latin American charity organizations focused on the needs of impoverished children. Bolivia’s Fundación Arco Iris’ (FAI) offers various social programs which serve an estimated 30,000 homeless children in La Paz, Bolivia. You can support Arco Iris America and the children of Bolivia.  Gedalia 

BEST OF BALTIMORE

AUGUST 2015

One of the best events in Baltimore was hosted by Baltimore Magazine at the Hippodrome Theatre the Best of Baltimore Party. VIPs, Entrepenours and guests join in the fun this year with a vegas experience. Guests enjoyed Eats from dozens of the region’s "best" restaurants, Endless handcrafted cocktails, Live music from The Rockets & beats from DJ Kopec, giveaways by Cover Girl, Horseshoe Casino and other companies as well as lots and lots of food from various restaurants.  Baltimore magazine is an award-winning lifestyle publication that provides information that enriches the experience of living in or visiting.

A portion of the proceeds benefits The Family a Maryland's leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving our community by providing families with proven solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect. A national affiliate of Parents Anonymous, Prevent Child Abuse America, and The National Exchange Club Foundation, The Family Tree offers volunteer-supported programs and services that aide and educate individuals, families, and communities.   Gedalia 

NOCHE DE PASSION

NOVEMBER 2015
The members of Latino Dance Fund Host Committee present Noche de Pasión on with a VIP reception at the Residence of the Ambassador of Panama. This event benefits The Washington Ballet's scholarship programs and the Latino Dance Fund and celebrates TWB’s fall mixed repertory program LATIN HEAT, which showcases contemporary choreographers, Latin music and dancers. Join The Washington Ballet and co-chairs Pilar O'Leary, Isabel Ernst, Lizette Corro, Margarita Arroyave-Wessel, and Janice Pouch for a passionate evening of fundraising. 

The Washington Ballet's professional company consists of world class dancers forming an ensemble core with apprentices under the directorship of Septime Webre since 1999. Together they perform a wide variety of works from the classical choreography of Marius Petipa and George Balanchine to contemporary pieces by Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Twyla Tharp and Mark Morris to new creations by Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Every year the professional and studio companies bring productions of the highest caliber to stages throughout the national capital area including Harman Center for the Arts at the Sidney Harman Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Warner Theatre and Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC).   Gedalia


SWEETHEARTS & PATRIOTS

JANUARY 2016

Sweethearts and Patriots is an annual gala co-hosted by young professional members of the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and young members of the District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution. Each year, the patriotic black-tie gala benefits a different local organization that supports our nation's military, veterans, and military families. Guests enjoyed a reception, auction and party with music and a live band at the glamorous and private social club located in the heart of Georgetown The City Tavern Club.

The 2016 Sweethearts and Patriots Gala benefited the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. USO-Metro is the largest center chartered by USO with ten locations and a "deployable" Mobile USO that provide signature USO services to the nearly 300,000 military members and their families living in the region and the 150,000 who travel through our local airports. USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to "serving those who serve, and their families" in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals, six USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and a Mobile USO.       Gedalia

LSF GALA 2016

MARCH 2016

The Latino Student Fund celebrated the 16th Annual Gala at the Organization of American States building in Washington DC. The Latino Student Fund. (LSF) mission is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for under-served PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent and to promote higher education and professional leadership.

The LSF was founded in 1994 to address the growing high school dropout rates among Latino students in Washington, DC. Over the years, they have continued to develop and expand their services to meet the evolving educational needs of the Latino community in the Greater Washington region. 
http://www.latinostudentfund.org/

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NEWSEUM NIGHTS! GAME ON

July 2015

The Newseum along with the Nationals hosted “Newseum Nights: Game On” one of the first in a new series of social events at the museum. A ticket to “Newseum Nights: Game On” included an open beer and wine bar, free ballpark themed snacks, a DJ, and access to the Newseum’s exhibits and galleries, including an exclusive first look at “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News” before the exhibit opens to the public.

Activities throughout the night invited guests to get up close and personal with some of the Newseum’s most popular exhibits. Listen in on gallery talks with museum curators, win prizes by answering questions on social media, and express in a special “create your own Berlin Wall” experience in our glass elevators. 

The Newseum’s mission is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education. Established and supported in part by the Freedom Forum, the Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations.

The dynamic, engaging and interactive Newseum allows visitors to experience the stories of yesterday and today through the eyes of the media while celebrating the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment. Visit the Newseum!  Gedalia Vera

WILLIE NELSON IS HONORED WITH THE GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG

NOVEMBER 2015
The Library of Congress celebrated Willie Nelson’s 60-year career and his selection as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C., with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert at DAR Constitution Hall. To celebrate his selection as recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Willie Nelson was honored by Rosanne Cash, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Paul Simon and Neil Young during the concert in Washington, D.C. and a surprise performance with Cyndi Lauper.

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. In making the selection for the prize, the Librarian of Congress consults leading members of the music and entertainment communities, as well as curators from the Library’s Music Division, its American Folklife Center and its Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.   Gedalia Vera


MANHATTANS, MARTINIS & MISTLETOE

DECEMBER 2015
An Evening to Serve and Honor our Veterans the 2nd Annual Manhattans, Martini’s & Mistletoe kicked off the holiday season at the U.S. Navy Memorial. The event raises much needed resources for three veteran non-profits Travis Manion Foundation, Folded Flag Foundation and the K9 Navigators. Guests enjoyed cocktails, manhattans, martinis and a bar of various tasty foods and desserts.
The corporate partnerships of Four Roses Bourbon, Chopin Vodka, Preamble Wines, Heritage Brewing Company and 1888 Dirtiest Martini Mix, this year’s "Manhattans, Martini’s & Mistletoe" supported The Travis Manion Foundation, The Folded Flag Foundation and K9 Navigators. The event also had the support and presense of distinguished guests such as Rep. Andy Barr, Rep. Brett Guthrie, Rep. Richard Hanna, Rep. Ron DeSantis, Rep. Joe Heck Rep. Duncan Hunter and Rep. Ryan Zinke.
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HONORING CAROLINA HERRERA

NOVEMBER 2015
Philanthropists, Artists, Tastemakers, and Luminaries joined the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery to celebrate America’s icons and the art of portraiture at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Chaired by Wayne and Catherine B. Reynolds, this sparkling black-tie affair began with a cocktail reception in the museum’s elegant Kogod Courtyard beneath the acclaimed Foster+Partners undulating glass roof canopy. During dinner, guests enjoyed the inaugural presentation of the Portrait of a Nation Prize, recognizing exemplary achievement in the fields of civil rights, business, entertainment, science, and sports. The evening culminated with an enchanting dessert reception and performance.

The Portrait Gallery honored Aretha Franklin, Maya Lin, Hank Aaron, Corporal Kyle Carpenter and the one and only Carolina Herrera.   Gedalia


GOLDEN GLOBES RED CARPET & AWARDS 

JANUARY 2016
TARAJI HENSON, SYLVESTER STALLONE, CHRISTIAN SLATER, LADY GAGA, GAEL GARCIA BERNAL, KATIE PERRY, DENZEL WASHINGTON JOIN HOST RICKY GERVAIS AT THE 73RD ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS.

The press room was filled with celebs and reporters from all over the world for the Golden Globes Awards. The Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and the dinner at which the awards are presented are a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.

Take a look at the Inside Look we got inside the press room with the winners of the night!     Daya (Hollywood) and Gedalia

BASKETBALL GALA FOR CHILDREN'S CHARITIES

DECEMBER 2015
Children's Charities Foundation Presented the Annual BB&T Classic Tournament and it was hosted at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The BasketBALL Gala is a black-tie event attended by representatives of the BB&T Classic Tournament teams, their coaches, other sports figures, and business and community leaders.
Former US Ambassador, Peter Teeley, and a group of Washington-area business and professional leaders founded the Children’s Charities Foundation in 1994. There is an acute need to raise money for disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Children’s Charities Foundation has distributed nearly $9.5 million to charities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area including the District of Columbia; Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; Fairfax and Arlington Counties in Virginia; and the City of Alexandria.
The Children’s Charities Foundation funds nonprofit organizations that support these disadvantaged and at-risk children by strengthening their health and welfare, supporting strong and cohesive families, and assisting educational and recreational programs.    Gedalia 

JOAN LUNDEN AT HONORING THE PROMISE GALA

SEPTEMBER 2015
Honoring the Promise both celebrates and recognizes the community of survivors and supporters who share in the promise Nancy G. Brinker made to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, to end breast cancer forever. Proceeds from Honoring the Promise are used to fund cutting-edge breast cancer research around the globe, as well as community health programs in the National Capital Region, which has among the highest breast cancer mortality rates in the nation. Let's celebrate progress in the fight against breast cancer! The event raised funds for grants for research and for Komen’s 19 breast cancer grantees in the National Capital Region, where the mortality rate from breast cancer is 40 percent higher than the national average.

This year Susan G. Komen invited Matt Goss who entertained guests with his delightfull voice and Vegas show. Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Matt Goss joined forces with Susan G. Komen to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Inspired by his mother's strength as she battled and eventually succumbed to cancer, Goss wrote and recorded "Strong," an inspirational tribute to all those who have been affected by the disease and presented the song during the awards ceremony. Other VIPs who were present to support Susan G. Komen included Emmy Awards Winner Anchor of Inside Edition Deborah Norville who emceed the event, Mission Advancement Awards recepient and cancer survivor Joan Lunden and other distinguished guests.  

CELEBRITY CHEFS JOIN FOOD FIGHT 2015

NOVEMBER 2015
Chef Carla Hall, Jose Andres, Anne Burrell, Richard Sandoval and Spike Mendelsohn join the Capital Food Fight to raise funds for DC Central Kitchen. Amy Brandwein, executive chef and owner of Centrolina, took home the top honor at DC Central Kitchen’s signature fundraising event, the Capital Food Fight. Chefs Amy Brandwein, Harper McClure (BRABO), Nick Stefanelli (Masseria) and K.N. Vinod (Indique) created dishes judged by some of the biggest names in the culinary world: Anne Burrell (Food Network’s “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef”), Richard Sandoval (Chef/Owner, Richard Sandoval Restaurants), and Spike Mendelsohn (Bravo’s “Top Chef” and Restaurateur). Event founder José Andrés (Chef/Owner, ThinkFoodGroup) and Carla Hall (ABC’s “The Chew”) co-hosted the annual event.

The event raised over $550,000 for DC Central Kitchen, which earns 60 percent of its $13 million annual budget through social enterprise ventures that employ at-risk adults to serve healthy food in DC. The remaining 40 percent is secured through charitable fundraising like the Capital Food Fight. The Washington, DC nonprofit is committed to addressing hunger and poverty by preparing and delivering more than 2,500,000 healthy meals to 90 DC homeless shelters, schools, and partner charities annually, all while training 100 at-risk, unemployed adults each year for culinary careers with a 90% job placement rate.   Gedalia 

HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS WITH RITA MORENO

SEPTEMBER 2015
The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established by the White House in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. Since that time, the Hispanic Heritage Awards are considered among the highest honors for Hispanics by Hispanics. The Awards are unique in that celebrities take the stage with educators, innovators, community and business leaders, elected officials, among others. The Awards are supported by nearly 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions who co-host the program. Past Honorees have included Juan Luis Guerra, Rita Moreno, Gloria Estefan, Martin Sheen, Oscar de la Renta, Andy Garcia, Carlos Vives, Juanes, and Zoe Saldana, among many others.

The 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards took place at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. This years Honorees were Education – Alejandra Ceja with The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Vision – Robert Rodriguez, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) – Dr. Vladamir Alvarado, Master of Arts – Arturo Sandoval, Healthcare – Maria Gomez, Sports – Pedro Martinez, Legend – Ana Gabriel and a Special Recognition – Becky G. Guests also enjoyed Performances by Rita Moreno, Lila Downs, Arturo Sandoval, Ana Gabriel, Gaby Moreno, Becky G and Opera Singer Carla Dirlikov who sang the national anthem.  Gedalia 

SAMSUNG GALAXY 6S EDGE PLUS LAUNCH PARTY!

AUGUST 2015
Chrissy Teigen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Demi Lovato and other Hollywood personalities Step Out For Samsung’s 6S Edge Plus Launch Party in Style. Celebs got to test out a couple of the hottest tech by Samsung and also got to take a phone home as well as other gifts and a private dinner. Guests were treated to an exclusive performance by A$AP ROCKY, who performed hits such as Yams Dream Intro, Hella Hoes, Lord Pretty Flocko, M’s and Trillmatic.

The star-studded celebration previewed the stunning and powerful Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5, which will be available nationwide starting August 21st. Teigen in particular was the life of the party, especially as she’s the face of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 commercial.

Galaxy S6 edge+ is a relatively known quantity, but it still deserves some attention. Sure it's just a scaled-up version of the Galaxy S6 edge that launched months ago, but it also packs the new specs and features that came with the Note 5 — which definitely gives something to be excited about.   Gedalia and Daya

VETERANS AWARDS GALA WITH

ACTRESS KATE WALSH

NOVEMBER 2015
Mission Complete presented the Inaugural Veterans Awards ceremony on November 11, 2015 at our Nation's Capital. Guests included representatives from distinguished Veteran organizations, Washington dignitaries, Celebrities such as Actress Kate Walsh, Colin Egglesfield and Veterans themselves, along with their loving families. The Veterans Awards honor those organizations that have dedicated their work to creating an America where our nation’s heroes are able to live the lives they deserve and access the assistance that is promised to them.

Veterans Day was initially established in November 1919 by President Wilson following WWI as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. On May 13, 1938, an act was approved, making the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after the urging of the veterans service organizations, the Act of 1938 was amended by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Gedalia

HRC  DINNER WITH CARLYE RAE JEPSEN,  A BIG WORLD PLUS OTHER CELEBS

OCTOBER 2015
19th annual HRC National Dinner was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Politicians like Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the accomplishments Human Rights Campaign has made, other VIP guests who spoke about HRC were CEO of Apple Tim Cook, Actress Allison Janney, HRC President Chad Griffin and other distinguished guests. Over 3000 people joined HRC to raise funds for equality and its mission. Actress Allison Janney introduced her costar and friend Ellen Page with the National Vanguard Award, Guests enjoyed performances by A Great Big World who performed "Say Something I am giving up on you" and Carley Rae Jepsen who performed a few of her hit songs such as "I Really Really Really Like You".

The Human Rights Campaign Fund was founded by Steve Endean in 1980 as one of the first gay and lesbian political action committee in the United States. The Fund’s mission was to provide financial support on behalf of the gay and lesbian community to political candidates who supported gay civil rights legislation. Vic Basile served as the Fund’s first executive director.
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FREIDA PINTO AT THE GLOBAL INDIA FUND GALA

OCTOBER 2015
The Global India Fund and Host Freida Pinto celebrated Girl Rising India with an elegant evening of dinner, cocktails, a silent auction, and special performances that benefited the Girl Rising India campaign. The Girl Rising India campaign aims to raise the value of the girl and enable community-led change so that every member of Indian society can be part of the solution for girls. 

The idea to develop the Global India Fund (GIF) evolved in March 2007, as GIF founder Amita Vyas joined Ashley Judd, Kate Roberts, and YouthAIDS to India. YouthAIDS, an education and prevention initiative of PSI, undertook this Journey of Hope to visit its HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Mumbai, and to film a documentary about the calamitous health situation in India in collaboration with the National Geographic Channel.

GIF strives to aid those in life-threatening situations, provide new opportunities for hundreds of communities, and spread awareness about the harsh reality for millions of Indians by supporting innovative non-profit organizations committed to improving health and saving lives by inspiring global philanthropy. We believe that spreading awareness will inspire people around the world to work together to improve health and save lives in India.  Gedalia 

WASHINGTON, DC HEART BALL

FEBRUARY 2016

18th Annual Greater Washington Region Heart Ball is a premier society event in the Greater Washington region (GWR), an elegant black-tie celebration of the life-saving work of the American Heart Association (AHA), The event brings together more than 500 of the region's most prominent medical, corporate, and community leaders, Last year, the DC Heart Ball raised over $1.18 million to support their mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This year the Ball was hosted by 2016 Chair, Rob Franklin, Cofounder of Morgan Franklin Consulting. The theme of the night is Lights, Camera, Take Action! The evening included a live and silent auction, dinner, dancing and this year’s Open Your Heart honoree, Lily Grace Rancourt.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were considered to be doomed to complete bed rest – or worse. But a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way.Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, The organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.  Gedalia

INSIDE LOOK INTO THE GOLDEN GLOBES 2017

JANUARY 2017

INSIDE LOOK INTO THE GOLDEN GLOBES IN HOLLYWOOD.

Chris Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Naomi Campbell, Gael Garcia, Diego Luna, Anna Kendrick, Viola Davis, Sarah Paulson, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carrell and other celebs were present at the first award ceremony of the year the Golden Globes.  The 74th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and American television of 2016 and was broadcast live on January 8, 2017 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Actor and talk-show host Jimmy Fallon was the host at last nights ceremony and actress Meryl Streep was honored as the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.

La La Land won all seven awards it was nominated for, becoming the most winning film in Golden Globe Awards history and seventh over all to win each award, including Best Director, Best Screenplay for Damien Chazelle and Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.  Gedalia Vera

THE TEMPTATIONS AT THE KIDNEY BALL IN DC

OCTOBER 2015
The National Kidney Foundation hosted its 35th Annual Masquerade Kidney Ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Now in its 35th year, the Kidney Ball annually attracts the Washington, DC metropolitan area’s top business, government and community leaders, as well as kidney patients and their families. The event features gourmet dining, an inspiring mission appeal, live and silent auctions, and this year’s exciting entertainment: the legendary Motown sensations, The Temptations!

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. Throughout the 1950s, the Foundation's main focus was supporting kidney patients and their families. The foundation helps those with all types of kidney disease by raising funds for research and patient services. The organization raises awareness about the dangers of kidney disease by developing and distributing information to the public.    Gedalia

27TH AWARDS GALA WITH DAYMOND JOHN

NOVEMBER 2015
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s hosted the 27th Annual Awards Gala, themed “Developing Minds... Delivering Dreams” at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. Proceeds from the event enable TMCF to continue its work as a critical link between students getting the most from their education and the opportunity to become a part of a new generation of global leaders. 

This year TMCF awarded CEO of the Year Award to Samuel R. Allen
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Deere & Company, John O. Brennan with the National Hero Award Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Thomas A. Cole with the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award he is a Partner and Former Chair of the Executive Committee Sidley Austin LLP, David Hall with the Educational Leadership Award he is currently the President of University of the Virgin Islands and Daymond John with the Breaking Barriers Award. Daymond John is the Founder & CEO of FUBU and Co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank as well as CEO of Shark Branding.   Gedalia 


HEART 2 HEART GALA

FEBRUARY 2016

The star-powered Heart 2 Heart Gala has become a premier annual charity event for Youth For Tomorrow over the last several years. This year the event featured the highly acclaimed country music star, Martina McBride – a Grand Ole Opry member, and twice chosen as the Country Music Awards Winner as the Best Female Vocalist of the year!

The Heart 2 Heart Gala directly contributes to the Youth For Tomorrow programs and services provided to the at-risk boys and girls we serve. YFT helps to rescue and restore children’s lives through residential care, education and counseling services. YFT impacted the lives of 4,450 children and their families last year alone! Youth For Tomorrow’s Founder and Chairman Joe Gibbs has never turned away a young person who needs a safe place to go.  The mission of Youth For Tomorrow is to provide children and families with the opportunity to focus their lives and develop the confidence, skills, intellectual ability, spiritual insight and moral integrity - each based on Godly principles, resulting in positive changes to the benefit of the child, the family, the community, and the nation. - Gedalia 

67TH EMMYS RED CARPET 

SEPTEMBER 2015
The 67th Emmys took place at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and broadcasted in the U.S. on Fox Channel. Andy Samberg hosted the show for the first time this year and viewers expected more from him because of his age and hummor. 

It was one unexpected night. Award winners such as Viola Davis, Amy Schumer and Peter Dinklage were stunned when their names were mentioned. They each presented an inpiring speech and also gave the media lots to talk about. 

The Emmys benefits The Television Academy Foundation which shapes the art of creating television by engaging and educating the next generation of television professionals. Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Foundation has nurtured thousands of burgeoning talents, providing essential resources that help them discover their voices, refine their skills and forge rewarding careers in every sector of the television industry. Foundation alumni include prominent writers, producers, documentarians, creative executives, network presidents and more.   Daya and Gedalia

DINER EN BLANC WASHINGTON DC

SEPTEMBER 2015
Over 3000 people dressed in white joined Diner en Blanc Washington DC in front of the Carnegie Library. VIPs such as Real Housewives of DC Lynda Erkiletian, WJLA-TV News Anchor Scott Thuman were part of a glamorous picnic dinner served by Celebrity Cruises at the VIP section and joined everyone for this exclusive evening in DC.

Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste. Guests bring their own picnic and food and enjoy conversations and dancing through out the night. This music was provided by DC's Favorite Female DJ Sabeel Chohan. 

Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event.     Gedalia